Sup wing foil is becoming more and more popular, and the level of skilled riders is increasing. The first step is to understand how wing foil works and how to control the board. The next step is to improve technical skills, such as foil in the light wind, to master the art of sup wing foil jibe. Once we’re familiar with the feel of wing foil, it’s time to take advantage of the sport’s full potential. And learn how to jump.
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The Spot and the conditions
Contrary to some foil rules, jumping moves don’t necessarily require powerful waves. On the first try, it’s entirely possible to start with a smooth, level surface. However, the ideal condition is to start jumping with pretty strong winds (at least 20 knots) with enough swell to help you jump. Also, consider a place with a roomy bottom. If you land or fall, you could damage your foil gear.
When you start learning to jump in the WingFoil, you should pay attention to safety and equip yourself with protection, a helmet, and a bulletproof vest. For how to jump in wing foil, a slightly smaller board would be ideal as it is more reactive and less bulky. These boards usually come with foot strap inserts, which are great for jumping. The shoulder straps will give you flight stability and control and prevent losing your board in the air. Boards that are too large are simply not suitable for jumping. We recommend using a board equal to or less than 5’5 (depending on size). For the choice of wings, the 4.0m is relatively more suitable for most people. Finally, for maximum speed and optimal jumping, we recommend fast foils and relatively small front fins (less than 1500 cm²).
How to learn sup Wing foil jumping
1) Once your feet are firmly attached to the rope, increase speed through your backhand and crosswind. Your wing will now be in a vertical position, the windshield.
2) Apply pressure to the board and foil before jumping. Slightly upwind, your wings are fully covered.
3) Apply pressure on the front foot and bend the legs. The front of your board will point towards the water and your foil will sink into the water. Note that it’s all about strength and balance. If you put too much weight in front, your board will hit the water, slowing you down, throwing you off balance, and causing you to fall.
4) Shift your weight onto your back legs before you give an impulse and lift your foil out of the water. This front-to-back weight transfer will load the foil more, increase the strength of the pop, and you’ll have your board taking off.
Process of wing foil jump
5) Once in the air, keep the wings fully retracted. At the same time, your wings will naturally move over your head. This will magnify the ascent and allow you to soften the landing. Remember to keep your wings balanced to avoid falling back with all your weight and breaking everything, even hurting yourself.
6) The most significant mistake at this point is giving up. Giving up means being out of control. There are several reasons, the first is for your safety, tossing the board in the air and falling over the water, and the second is for your equipment. For example, your wing could end up piercing the foil. So, you don’t drop anything, but you can control its drop.
7) If you start windsurfing before, avoid leaning back. Keep your weight above the board. If you begin to lean back, you will always be in your target position when you land.
8) As you come down, your eyes should be on your chosen landing area and downwind, with the front end of the board tilted slightly towards the water. This will facilitate a smooth landing.
The landing of the sup wing foil jump
The jump is about to be completed. During this descent, the legs remain with the board while keeping the front of the board facing the sky to land on the back of the board. Keep your wing as an umbrella until you land. Extend your legs slightly before touching the water to cushion the landing in the water, and bend the foils again to cushion the landing when they feel the water. If your landing is successful, the foil will fly straight out of the water. For a smooth landing, do not land flat. This can cause you to fall, injure and damage your board. So never land flat but on the back of the board. Learning to jump takes time and repetition. So don’t hesitate to practice.
*As a beginner, you’d better equip yourself with protection.
*Choose a place with a chop.
*Start with a stance you like and increase your speed by loading up your wings and flower wings.
*Find a part to lean on and bend your leg to push the foil in.
*Extend your legs to generate momentum while extending your arms over your head to adjust the wings to stay on board during flight and descent.
*Damping by extending your legs and pushing the front wing down first.
*Keep the wings overhead throughout the landing.